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I put together a quick video review of the Induro BHL3 Ballhead yesterday. Also, I compare it with my Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead.

Hope it helps anyone out there looking at the BHL3 and comparing it to the BH-55. Note: I really wanted to dislike the BHL3...but after seeing it and using it a few days, its a great ballhead.

This is my first video review - so be kind to the moron on camera :)

Video review on youtube -> http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=CnFk7EV8_tAexternal link

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thanks for the review... I am in the market for my first real ballhead and this was helpful

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thanks for the review... I am in the market for my first real ballhead and this was helpful

You are welcome...glad it helped!

Post #3, Mar 21, 2012 06:52:14


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thanks for the review,

looks like a nice ball head, much appreciated!

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Kyles wrote in post #14132103external link
thanks for the review,

looks like a nice ball head, much appreciated!

You are welcome. It is a nice ballhead...after using it for a few weeks, I have no complaints at all.

Post #5, Mar 22, 2012 15:38:07


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For how long have you been using the Induro ballhead and the RRS?

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tvphotog wrote in post #14134160external link
For how long have you been using the Induro ballhead and the RRS?

I've had the RRS BH-55 for about 3 years. The Induro BHL3 for about a month.

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eric.brown wrote in post #14135370external link
I've had the RRS BH-55 for about 3 years. The Induro BHL3 for about a month.

Most new things are shiny right out of the box. I hope the Induro has the same longevity as the RRS. The review needs an update in 2 years and nine months.

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tvphotog wrote in post #14135953external link
Most new things are shiny right out of the box. I hope the Induro has the same longevity as the RRS. The review needs an update in 2 years and nine months.

Of course...the BHL3 may end up crapping all over itself in a few months or years...but is this really the type of response that's appropriate for someone who went out of their way to provide a review / comparison of a new product?

Tell ya what. Go pick up a BHL3 and do a review for me in 2 years and 9 months. Until then, i'll be enjoying both my RRS BH-55 (which is still the best ballhead around) and my Induro BHL3.

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eric.brown wrote in post #14139480external link
Of course...the BHL3 may end up crapping all over itself in a few months or years...but is this really the type of response that's appropriate for someone who went out of their way to provide a review / comparison of a new product?

Tell ya what. Go pick up a BHL3 and do a review for me in 2 years and 9 months. Until then, i'll be enjoying both my RRS BH-55 (which is still the best ballhead around) and my Induro BHL3.

I'm sorry if I offended you. I saw and appreciated the review, but I just don't think it's fair to compare apples and oranges. Longevity of a product is one of the main things you're paying for, IMO.

Often, the reason for cost savings is cheaper materials or poorer construction, and only time will tell that.

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tvphotog wrote in post #14139832external link
I'm sorry if I offended you. I saw and appreciated the review, but I just don't think it's fair to compare apples and oranges. Longevity of a product is one of the main things you're paying for, IMO.

Often, the reason for cost savings is cheaper materials or poorer construction, and only time will tell that.

I agree wholeheartedly in what you say here...it was the way you said it in the previous post that made me feel a bit slighted.

No worries though.

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I am now seriously looking at the BHL3 and CT214 as my first official entry into Tripods.


Any new observations/developme​nt on the head?

Also, why is this double the price of the BHD3 but missing the tension control? Is it the low-profile?

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Ryan1524 wrote in post #14419439external link
I am now seriously looking at the BHL3 and CT214 as my first official entry into Tripods.


Also, why is this double the price of the BHD3 but missing the tension control? Is it the low-profile?

The BHL series ball heads do have the tension control, but it is built into the locking knob instead of being a separate knob on it's own. I just ordered the AT213 & BHL1 and should have them next week.

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Thanks for the video!! Very informative...

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I believe Induro stuff is actually made in China by Benro. Benro gets the same snarky comments like tvphotog has so nicely left for us. I can attest to the quality and long term function of Benro heads and legs (as I have in my comments here..) as I have been using one Benro head on a set of carbon legs for over 4 years without one single hitch or flaw. I had been so happy with the quality, I chose another largrer Benro head when I the need arrised. The Benro B3 I have been using for only about 14 months, so it might fail any minute to my shagrin and the appause of the tripod snobs!

Thanks for your review and enjoy your Induro for many years to come!

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